E-Newsletter | Issue: 2023-11-14

President’s Letter

From the writing desk of Nicole R. Locker

Dear CRW Members,

What an exciting email to write to you all today! We have a few new announcements, including your new CRW Board lineup for 2024, the official opening of our annual Novel Celebration (don’t miss this one!), and one of my final emails to send you all as your CRW President. While I will remain on the board next year as Treasurer, I want to let you all know that it has been a true pleasure to serve as your President for the past 2 years as we led CRW into new territory being a standalone writing organization. I’m excited to see CRW continue to grow and thrive, and we can’t do it without an incredible membership. You are what makes this organization special.

I also want to share that I am so very glad I stepped out of my comfort zone a few years ago and offered to step into a vacated role. Through my time serving on this board and volunteering in various ways for CRW, I have met some truly incredible people that I now consider friends! I am blessed by the connections and friendships I’ve made and continue to make with those who have pitched in here and there or served alongside me. I hope that many of you will consider this an invitation to step out of your own comfort zones and look at volunteer opportunities we have in 2024. (You can still sign up for those here!)

I hope to continue seeing you all in workshops, sprints, and other CRW programming, so rather than a farewell, I will share a “see you soon!”

Keep reading for important updates!

New Members

Please join me in extending a big, warm welcome to our newest members of CRW:

  • Madeline Sills
  • Alissa Eby
  • Reem Fransis
  • Katy Mastandrea
  • Flo Bertsch
  • Maida Malby
  • Michelle Caffrey
  • Ken Pieper
  • Rachel LaBerge
  • Erika Nielsen
  • Hannah Northrop
  • Twila Mason
  • Laurie Woodford
  • Maigan Wipfli

2024 Elected Board Members

The votes are in, and I’m pleased to present your new CRW Board for 2024!

President: Katrina Marie
Secretary: Stephanie Derbas
Treasurer: Nicole R. Locker
Vice President of Communications: Cheryl Barton
Vice President of Programs: TBD
Vice President of Workshops: David-Matthew Barnes

A Novel Celebration

Writing a whole book is a serious feat, and CRW wants to celebrate our members’ accomplishments from the past year! If you completed or published a manuscript between December 1, 2022, and November 30, 2023, enter this year’s Novel Celebration for a chance to win a free CRW Membership Renewal in 2024!

Opens 11/14/2023.
Closes 12/10/2023.

YOU COULD WIN! Five entries will be randomly selected to win a FREE membership renewal promo code for 2024.

Event Calendar

Writing Sprints

Join in on our CRW-led writing sprints. We share reminders in the member Facebook Group and Slack.

Every Tuesday: 9am ET | 8am CT | 7am MT | 6am PT
Sprints with Tanya on Zoom

Every Saturday: 12pm ET | 11am CT | 10am MT | 9am PT
Sprints with Michelle on Zoom 

Want to run sprints at a different day/time? Let us know!

Upcoming Workshops

Invest in your own growth as a writer this year! Here is the lineup of workshops we have for January 2024. Members attend at a discounted price!

Workshop TrackCRW Member PriceNon-Member Price
General Track (Craft, Business)$20 CRW Member$30 Non-Member
Advanced Track$30 CRW Member$40 Non-Member
Members OnlyFREE for CRW MembersN/A
January 2 – 31
Writing Open Door Intimate Scenes
Andrea J. Kirk
January 2 – 29
The Creative Brilliance Academy
Deborah Riley-Magnus
January 13 – 4 PM EST / 3 PM CST / 2 PM MST / 1 PM PST
Breaking Into Category Romance
Anna Grace
January 20 – 1PM PT | 2PM MT | 3PM CT | 4PM ET
Connecting Through Brand
Rona Gofstein
January 27 – 4 PM EST / 3 PM CST / 2 PM MST / 1 PM PST
On Beyond Google
Savannah Kade

Member New Releases

Have a new release? Share it on our site and in an upcoming Member Newsletter here, and be sure to take a look at all the new books from CRW members published in 2023.

Fresh Starts, Dirty Money
Author: Lynda Rees
Release Date: September 1, 2023
Author Websitehttps://www.lyndareesauthor.com
Home for the Challah Days
Author: Jennifer Wilck
Release Date: September 1, 2023
Author Websitehttps://www.jenniferwilck.com
When They Were Hiding (The Movie Star’s Secret Baby)
Author: Deanna Roddy
Release Date: September 1, 2023
Author Websitehttp://Deanna-Roddy-Romance.com
Bring Back Her Heart
Author: Elena Markem
Release Date: September 12, 2023
Author Websitehttp://www.elenamarkem.com
The Artful Bargain
Author: Audrey Lynden
Release Date: September 12, 2023
Author Websitehttps://audreylynden.com/
When Cardinals Appear
Author: Katie Eagan Schenck
Release Date: September 19, 2023
Author Websitehttps://keschenckauthor.com
What the Lady Wants cover image
What the Lady Wants (Boulder Bodyguards Book 1)
Author: Nika Rhone
Release Date: September 25, 2023
Author Websitehttps://www.nikarhone.com
Erin’s Choice
Author: Mindy Hardwick
Release Date: September 30, 2023
Author Websitehttps://www.mindyhardwick.com/
Finding Forever book cover
Finding Forever (Boulder Bodyguards Book 2)
Author: Nika Rhone
Release Date: October 9, 2023
Author Websitehttps://www.nikarhone.com
Your Love is Enough
Author: Donna R. Madden
Release Date: October 15, 2023
Author Website:
Love in the Liner Notes
Author: Katta Kis
Release Date: October 20, 2023
Author Websitehttps://linktr.ee/kattakis
Can't Help Loving You book cover
Can’t Help Loving You (Boulder Bodyguards Book 3)
Author: Nika Rhone
Release Date: October 23, 2023
Author Websitehttps://www.nikarhone.com
Snowbound with the Rodeo Star
Author: Tanya Agler
Release Date: October 24, 2023
Author Websitehttps://tanyaagler.com
Sweetheart Christmas
Author: Mindy Hardwick
Release Date: October 28, 2023
Author Websitehttps://www.mindyhardwick.com/
Tempting the Sheriff
Author: Anna Lowe
Release Date: November 9, 2023
Author Websitehttps://www.annalowebooks.com/books/sherwood-shifters/tempting-the-sheriff.html
Author: Amy Knupp
Release Date: November 10, 2023
Author Websitehttps://www.amyknuppbooks.com/
Cover Art for RISE by Kimberley Ash. A man in a blue jacket and white shirt holds a woman in a white strappy dress.
Rise: a Friends to Lovers Celebrity Romance
Author: Kimberley Ash
Release Date: November 15, 2023
Author Websitehttp://www.kimberleyash.com/
Her Hometown Christmas
Author: Anna Grace
Release Date: November 27, 2023
Author Websitehttps://anna-grace-author.com/
Marry & Bright
Author: Teri Wilson
Release Date: November 28, 2023
Author Websitehttps://teriwilson.net/index/

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